A short list of long words

Apophenia: the tendency to mentally relate a series of potentially unrelated ideas. When someone employs apophenia, they seem to be bouncing randomly from one subject to the next, making connections between things though the connections are questionable. Extrasensory: not related to the five common senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell). A person could develop an …

Welcome to Xenosthesia

Milk and cookies keeping you awake? To paraphrase a movie that does not have a theme of milk and cookies, or even a central plot point of milk and cookies (or, as far as I can remember, any prop of milk and cookies). And that is the point of this particular ‘barchive * post. If …

Positive Words Dominate

My favorite positive-sounding words in alphabetical order: Adventurous Brilliant Clean Delightful Energizing Fun-loving Gorgeous Healthy Impressive Joyous Keen Laughter Masterpiece Nutritious Optimist Power Quality Remarkable Spirit Tremendous Uplifting Vital Wonderful Xenosthesia Yummy Zippy So, once you have a list like this, what do you do with it? I try to use one of these words …

Frog Sauce

It’s kind of like trying to imagine your own death. You can’t do it. No matter how many deaths you may have seen. Plants. Insects. Animals. Humans. Even if you’ve witnessed the demise of other humans, you’ll be disarmed to try to imagine your own. You’ll suddenly find yourself out of imagination ammunition. You’ll be …

Tell me an escalator doesn’t look like a playground and I’ll tell you how boring you are.

How to ride an escalator: Approach confidently, do not hesitate. Step onto the first available tread. Grasp the handrail firmly. If you’re escorting children, lift them and place them squarely behind your belt or suspenders, or store them in your purse. Children have been known to slip between the treads of escalators. Children who get …